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The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council made it possible for EU ministers to align their views on the rules to combat fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. Under the leadership of Ms Tsetska Tsacheva, Bulgarian Minister for Justice, ministers adopted position on the text at today’s Justice and Home affairs Council meeting in Brussels.
Commenting on this achievement of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council, Ms Tsetska Tsacheva said:
"Fraud with credit cards or online shopping is rapidly increasing. Not only it is used to finance criminal groups but it undermines the development of the digital single market as citizens become more reluctant to shop online. We need to put a stop to this and send a clear message to fraudsters that they will no longer be able to exploit loopholes between Member States. We will now have common rules which will be robust and will ensure that fraudulent behaviours are punished."
At the meeting, ministers also spoke about ways of ensuring that there are sufficient financial and human resources available for the central authorities, which play an important role in the proper implementation of the Brussels IIa Regulation. The regulation is among the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in the area of justice because of its growing importance. With the number of international couples constantly growing, cross-border cases relating to children are also expected to increase in the years to come. An effective policy solution is therefore needed.
EU justice ministers also spoke about the latest developments around the European Public Prosecutors’ Office (EPPO). Bulgaria is one of the founding members of the EPPO, and ensuring its smooth establishment and future running are of key importance for the Presidency. At the initiative of the Bulgarian Presidency, ministers spoke about the EPPO at their informal meeting in Sofia in January.
Today, the Commission updated ministers on how the institutionalisation of the EPPO is evolving. Member States reaffirmed their wish to be closely involved in the practical setting up of the EPPO Malta announced its intention to join the European Public Prosecutors’ Office.
More details about the meeting are available here.
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